In the spring of 2012, Auxiliary Business Services and Parking Operations conducted a transportation census of faculty, staff, and students from the Bloomington Campus as part of a transportation planning process to assist us in developing better transportation options for IUB. That effort was part of a transportation demand management (TDM) study that has led to implementation of some significant new transportation programs on campus including the creation of a Hoosier Commuter Club, implementation of an expanded carpool program, establishment of a new vanpool program for residents of the Indianapolis area that work at IUB, and an ongoing project to create a bicycle master plan. You can learn more about all of these alternative transportation programs at: www.alttran.indiana.edu.
In the fall of 2014, we are prepared to update this landmark study so we can continue to promote healthier and more efficient transportation options on campus. This effort is meant to update the information from the 2012 Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Study but it has also been timed to coincide with the project to create for the first time, a Bicycle Master Plan for the Bloomington Campus. Data from this study will be used to develop components of a campus strategy, as recommended by the 2010 Campus Master Plan, to effectively manage transportation demand with expanded facilities and routes, optimized parking allotments, and innovative rideshare and other programs that create viable alternative transportation options.
Colleges and universities are increasingly called upon to bolster student's civic and political engagement. Yet research in both political science and higher education suggest that current college-level civic education and political science coursework are incapable of fully addressing these concerns. Political scientists know that participation in associational life plays an important role in cultivating such engagement. Yet we have largely overlooked the potential of civil society on our own campuses. Given the prominent role of voluntary associations in political socialization, this work explores whether student organizations function as the equivalent of campus civil society, and whether they can supplement formal civic education efforts on campus. A single-campus pilot study, based on an internet survey of student organization presidents, found that traditional Greek organizations far outperformed other types of campus organizations in activities known to cultivate members civic identities, political skills, and political efficacy. The finding that some student organizations excel at this task is reassuring. Yet given the reputation of Greek organizations, this preliminary pattern is also disconcerting. Recent research by both sociologists and higher education scholars have found that participation in Greek organizations is associated with higher levels of sexism and symbolic racism. This project seeks to replicate the single campus pilot study across numerous college campuses, to determine whether the patterns identified are unique to a single campus, or whether they describe the state of campus civil society across higher education. The findings will help advocates of campus civic engagement to identify both problem-areas and best-practices for student groups.
Overall Response Rate: 42.8%
Data & Analysis
This study has five principal goals:
1. to gain a holistic understanding of the processes through which students gain, practice, and master increasingly complex critical thinking and research skills while enrolled at the university,
2. to understand how curricular and extra-curricular activities, programming, and experiences interact and relate to students critical thinking development,
3. to learn at what points during a student's course of study she or he is most likely to acquire and apply research training,
4. to understand the types of assignments and activities that contribute to research skills development, and
5. to identify unmet student needs within these processes in order to make curricular and instructional recommendations.
Overall Response Rate: About 10-20%
We invited students randomly from this list until the study was filled, so the response rate is not really applicable. I estimate about 10-20% of the students responded to the invitation.
Data & Analysis
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The transition to college is difficult for many students. CTC wants to better understand the difficulties that students experience in the transition to college, as well as what makes the transition smoother and easier. They hope to use this information to improve the transition to Indiana University - Bloomington for students in the future.
This study consists of two surveys to be administered to undergraduates and two focus groups. The data will then be used to for the customization of the CTC intervention to be administered as a survey to all incoming freshman during the Fall 2015 pre-orientation.